Andrew Gillum Will Pay a $5,000 Ethics Fine
Submitted by Nancy Smith on April 24, 2019 - 8:02pm
Andrew Gillum's ethics hearing took months to get under way, but on Wednesday when it was due to begin, it was already done and dusted.
The former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate and national media darling had earlier struck a deal with a state ethics commission attorney, agreeing to pay a $5,000 fine.
Four of the five charges against him were dropped, all relating to trips he took to Costa Rica and New York, a boat ride around the Statue of Liberty and a ticket to the Broadway show, “Hamilton.”
Florida Commission on Ethics’ advocate, Elizabeth A. Miller told Administrative Law Judge E. Gary Early that she and Gillum’s lawyer, Barry Richard, had reached an “amicable settlement agreement.”
“Obviously, this has taken a lot of time and energy from my wife, myself, our family. Obviously, all of this happening in the context of a statewide election didn’t make it any easier. We came prepared today to say fully what our experience has been and what the truth of the matter is,” Gillum, accompanied by his wife, R. Jai, told reporters.
Attorney Richard later told reporters the settlement identify which of the gifts Gillum agreed he took, “but from Mayor Gillum’s standpoint it was the boat ride around the Statue of Liberty that he took with people that were his friends and it just didn’t occur to him that one of them was also a lobbyist and that he wasn’t supposed to accept the gifts.”
-- This report in part was taken from a News Service of Florida story.